* Primers are a great first step to prep skin for makeup
* “Blurring” primers will smooth out skin and fill in lines and pores
* Skin Care that functions like photo filters for your face
Skin primers have a come a long way in recent years and are no longer just considered another timely step in your makeup routine. They serve an important purpose in your routine because they help lock in your makeup, extend its wear time, and smooth out your skin before applying your base.
Nowadays, primers do double (and even triple) duty because they not only help keep makeup on longer, reduce pore size and fill in wrinkles, but now they can help your skin look like you’ve applied a photo filter IRL.
1. Etude House Face Blur
The Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur is a lightweight cream that provides blurring effects for instantly refined and smooth skin. This primer provides the most filter-like look, as it contains a Baby Pixel Powder (Blur Powder) which has super fine particles that give a 3-in-1 multifilter effect. In addition, it makes your skin look flawless by covering pores, softening the skin to give a smooth, even layer, and even contains a natural whitening ingredient to make skin look brighter.
2. Thank Me Later Face Primer
The Face Primer by Elizabeth Mott is a lightweight and waterproof formula designed to lock in your makeup for a flawless canvas that lasts all day. When used as the first step in your makeup application, the primer will minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, while helping to prevent shine throughout the day.
3. L’Oreal Miracle Blur
L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur is touted as an instant skin smoother. This refined mineral formula is designed to instantly erase the look of fine lines, pores, and texture while leaving a soft velvet matte finish that will last all day. Miracle Blur offers slightly more coverage than a regular primer as it is slightly tinted to give a healthy, radiant look that can be worn alone, for targeting certain areas or under foundation.
4. Velvet Skin Coat
Velvet Skin Coat by DHC is another option for a primer that instantly softens and improves the look of your skin by blurring and filling in pores and smoothing over textured areas. As an added bonus, this primer also combats oil to help your makeup glide on smooth and last longer throughout the day.
5. Skin Perfector
Kiehl’s Skin Perfector will smooth and refine your skin all the while diminishing pores and wrinkles. The lightweight formula not only functions as a traditional makeup primer but with continued use will visibly transform your skin, giving you a healthier, more youthful appearance. Per usual, use as the last step in your skin care routine, prior to makeup application or it can be applied over a BB cream for maximum results and skin perfecting benefits.
6. Blur Stick
Milk Makeup’s Blur Stick is also known as the “universal face filter” as it has been proven to minimize the appearance of pores thanks to its proprietary blurring microsphere technology. When applied, this primer goes on clear to prep skin for makeup, leaving a smooth, matte finish that is colorless and unlike the other primers, silicone free. The best part is the unique and easy deodorant-like stick packaging makes application easy, fast and clean.